About Stefan Roloff
Stefan Roloff is an independent artist and film maker, working in New York and Berlin. From 1974, he studied painting and video at the art academy (HdK) in Berlin, Germany. After spending one year in Mexico, he graduated in 1981 and moved to New York in 1982. In 1984, he was invited to experiment on prototypes of digital video and imaging computers at the New York Institute of Technology. Here, he created â€œFaceâ€, his first Moving Painting which, produced by Peter Gabriel, was the predecessor of his video â€œSledgehammerâ€. During the following years, he continued to combine his paintings and videos in collaborations with musicians. (For example â€œZaarâ€ with Gabriel, â€œDominic Christâ€ with Suicide and â€œBig Fireâ€ as part of live- and studio collaborations with Jazz musician Andrew Cyrille.) In 1989, he received a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts for his digital work. His art- work and installations are shown world- wide in museums and galleries. From 1989 to 1999, he worked on his first documentary film â€œSeedsâ€. Traveling through remote areas of West Virginia, he followed the story of a 22- year old woman who committed suicide in 1981 in an isolation cell at the State Prison for Women. The film was combined with an installation, â€œPence Springs Resortâ€, a life-size three-dimensional photographic rendering of the isolation cell which the viewers could physically enter. In 1995, he received an Art Matters grant for this project. In 1997 he began to work on his second documentary film â€œThe Red Orchestraâ€. The film is a portrait of his late father, Helmut Roloff, a resistance fighter against the Nazis. It was nominated best foreign film 2005 by the Women Critics Circle. For the first time it told the true story of the â€œRed Orchestraâ€, a resistance group that was slandered during the cold war by secret services and historians as a Communist spy network. For this film, Stefan Roloff received a 2002 New York City Media Arts grant from the Jerome Foundation. (See www.rotekapelle-redorchestra.com). He also wrote a book in German, â€œDie Rote Kapelleâ€, published by Ullstein in 2002. Since 2007, Stefan Roloff is collaborating with Carola Stabe, a former GDR dissident, on "Cafe Holland", the script for his first feature film. For this work, he received German BKM and European MEDIA funding.